Experienced Social Security Disability Lawyers in Memphis
Protecting families and futures throughout Jackson and Western Tennessee
No one expects to suffer a debilitating injury or illness that can prevent them from working. But the most recent figures reported by the U.S. Social Security Administration, or SSA, show more than 10 million people collect Social Security Disability (SSD) a year – and almost 184,000 of them live in Tennessee. If your health will keep you from working for at least 12 months, you too may be eligible to collect SSD benefits.
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we can help you through the process of obtaining those benefits so you can continue to protect your family and your future. Our guiding principle is to always put our clients’ best interests first – and we are proud that so many people in Memphis, Jackson and West Tennessee will tell you that we do just that. If you need guidance through the application or appeals processes, or need an experienced and dependable attorney to represent you at hearings or through reviews, we want to hear from you.
What is Social Security Disability?
If you have worked and paid your taxes, and then develop a permanent disability, illness or condition, you can apply for SSD benefits for yourself and certain members of your family. Unlike Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which distributes money based on financial need, SSD is based on how much money you have put into the system.
If you suffer a serious but temporary injury, such as a broken leg, you are probably not eligible for Social Security Disability benefits; your broken leg will most likely heal, and it should not prevent you from being able to work in your field again (if not the same position at the same company).
But if you develop a terminal illness, have certain mental illnesses, or suffer a physical injury so catastrophic that you are unable to work, we at Bailey & Greer can help you apply for benefits. According to the SSA website:
” ‘Disability’ under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:
- You cannot do work that you did before;
- We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.”
The SSA also offers work incentives to help you transition back to work after your injury or illness, and to help you find work in a new field or trade. You can find out more about the process and the steps you must take by reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Which medical conditions are eligible?
You can find a more in-depth list of particular medical conditions on the SSA website, but the categories include disorders and injuries of the:
- Musculoskeletal system
- Special senses and speech
- Respiratory system
- Cardiovascular system
- Digestive system
- Genitourinary disorders
- Hematological disorders
- Skin disorders
- Endocrine disorders
- Congenital disorders affecting multiple bodily systems
- Neurological conditions
- Mental disorders
- Malignant neoplastic disorders
- Immune system disorders
For children, the list also includes disorders that affect growth and development.
How Bailey & Greer can help you
Even the smallest errors on an application, like a missing decimal point or a misspelled name, can cause the Social Security Administration to deny your claim. Our meticulous attention to detail gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your application was handled correctly – and filed in a timely manner. At Bailey & Greer, we help our West Tennessee clients with every aspect of the SSD process, including:
- Collecting the correct documentation
- Coordinating with your doctors
- Filing your SSD claim
- Filing for an appeal if your claim was denied
- Representing you at Administrative Law Judge hearings
- Representing you at the Appeals Council review
We also handle all federal court appeals; in fact, founding partner R. Sadler Bailey is quite comfortable in front of appeals judges, having handled more than 40 appellate decisions in the area of personal injury alone. If your claim was denied, we know what it takes to build a successful appeal. You can rely on us to put our experience and skills to work for you.
A West Tennessee law firm you can trust to help you with Social Security Disability
From our home office in Memphis, Bailey & Greer, PLLC, helps families in Memphis, Jackson and West Tennessee obtain the SSD benefits they need in order to protect themselves. You always work with the same lawyer on your case – a lawyer who puts your needs and future first. To schedule a free consultation or to learn more about Social Security Disability, please call 901.475.7434 or fill out our contact form.